Brave police heroes among first to meet new PM

14 July 2016

Police Bravery Award nominees at Number 10 with Prime Minister Theresa May

Police Bravery Award nominees at Number 10 with Prime Minister Theresa May

Courageous police officers from across England and Wales were today among the first to greet the new Prime Minister at a special Downing Street reception.

A total of 69 officers from 40 forces were hosted by Theresa May ahead of tonight’s Police Bravery Awards at the Dorchester Hotel in London.

The officers are all nominated for outstanding acts of bravery in the 21st Police Bravery Awards, hosted by the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) and sponsored by Police Mutual.

PFEW Chair Steve White said: "It is very fitting that the new Prime Minister’s first reception at Downing Street should be for the pride of British policing, and it is an honour to be able to recognise these incredibly brave officers and thank them for their efforts.  Many of the nominees put their own lives at risk, which just goes to show, for them, duty is just the beginning. Every year I am blown away by the calibre of the nominees, and this year is no exception. Of course, the nominees we will recognise at the 21st Bravery Awards are only the tip of the iceberg; many more officers are performing acts of bravery every day as part of their jobs. Each nominee is a credit to the police service and to the community they serve."

Mrs May paid homage to the officers’ courage, saying: “What is always so humbling about this event is that you hear amazing stories about what police officers have done, incredible stories about the threat to themselves and the way they’ve thrown themselves into situations and dealt with some really, really difficult people, and you all say the same thing ‘it’s all part of the job. You put yourselves in the line of danger for the rest of us, and we really appreciate that.”

Mrs May also revealed that one of the last things she did as Home Secretary was make a recommendation that more rank and file officers should receive the Queen’s Police Medal. “I’ve noticed over the years it is a bit imbalanced with rank and files officers and senior and chief officers, so I’ve asked them in future to rebalance that so that a few more rank and file officers get awarded the QPM.”

Eight regional winners will be named tonight, alongside one overall winner, who will be named 2016’s bravest police officer. And you can watch all the action live from 7.30pm.

Check out all 40 nominations